The Creed – The First Article
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
[God] has given and constantly preserves [Psalm 36:6] for me my body, soul, and life…. He gives me food and drink, clothing and support, wife and children, domestic servants, house and home, and more. Besides, He causes all created things to serve for the uses and necessities of life. These include the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens, day and night, air, fire, water, earth, and whatever it bears and produces. They include birds and fish, beasts, grain, and all kinds of produce [Psalm 104]. They also include whatever else there is for bodily and temporal goods, like good government, peace, and security…. None of us owns for himself, nor can preserve, his life nor anything that is here listed or can be listed. This is true no matter how small and unimportant a thing it might be. For all is included in the word Creator.
—Large Catechism, Part 2:13-16
All that we have, and whatever else is in heaven and upon the earth, is daily given, preserved, and kept for us by God. Therefore, it is clearly suggested and concluded that it is our duty to love, praise, and thank Him for these things without ceasing. In short, we should serve Him with all these things, as He demands and has taught in the Ten Commandments.
—Large Catechism, Part 2:19
Lenten Catechesis from Treasury of Daily Prayer © 2008 Concordia Publishing House.
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